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Oil: Canada

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Canadian counterpart on the environmental consequences of developing the Alberta tar sands.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has not discussed the development of the Alberta oil sands with his Canadian counterpart.

We regularly raise our concerns over the environmental impact of oil sands extraction with the Canadian authorities, most recently in discussion between the Minister of State, my noble Friend Lord Howell of Guildford, and the Canadian high commissioner on 20 September.

The Prime Minister discussed the European fuel quality directive in relation to Canadian oil sands with the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, during his visit to Ottawa in September.

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